I dabbled in genealogy while I was still in high school, but I have been working on my genealogy in earnest (albeit in fits and starts) since around 1990, when my grandfather passed away and I inherited his research. My approach to my research has evolved exponentially since those days (read: I actually appear to know what I’m doing now), and I am a recent graduate of ProGen 24 and the Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis Course at the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) taught by Judy Russell.
I’ve recently become interested in the “fine” arts (I like to play with watercolor and other various art supplies). Now I’m working on a way to integrate my art with my genealogy.
I completed my degree in Paralegal Studies in 2011 and work full-time in a small law firm in Chattanooga, Tennessee. No, I have no plans to go to law school.
TLDR: Writer, Artist, Genealogist, Paralegal.
- Column: “Getting Started” in Going In-Depth digital magazine, focusing on hints, tips, and how-tos for new genealogists
- “Working for a Living: Exploring Your Ancestors’ Occupation” Fall 2012 issue of Southern Roots & Shoots – Chattanooga Delta Genealogy Society
- “Just How Valuable Are Census Records?” Winter 2012 issue of Southern Roots & Shoots – Chattanooga Delta Genealogy Society
- “Genealogy and Social Media” Spring 2013 issue of Southern Roots & Shoots – Chattanooga Delta Genealogy Society
- “Where to Find Land Records in Hamilton County” Fall 2014 issue of Southern Roots & Shoots – Chattanooga Delta Genealogy Society
- “Exciting New Feature in FamilySearch Catalog” October 2014 issue of Florida Lines – Florida State Genealogical Society newsletter
National Genealogical Society
South Dakota Historical Society
Illinois State Genealogical Society
Indiana Genealogical Society
Tri-State Genealogical Society (Indiana)